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Artist Talk: Shannon Novak


Thu 11 Aug 2016, 12:00pm–1:00pm

Where: New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Shed 11, Wellington Waterfront, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Artist Shannon Novak will speak about his abstract portraits in the exhibition Leitmotif, currently at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery.

Novak uses the language of geometric abstraction and colour to create portraits of people who have inspired and influenced him - his mentors, heroes and family members – from Swiss-German artist Paul Klee, to leading scholar of Maori art, Jonathan Mane-Wheoki. A synesthete, the portraits in Leitmotif reflect the relationship between sound, colour, form, time, space and social connections, while questioning our preconceptions of a ‘likeness’ within portraiture.

Shannon Novak is an artist-based in Auckland, New Zealand. His work spans painting, sculpture and installation, with a focus on using geometric forms to explore his deep and abiding interest in the interrelationships between sound, colour, form, time, space, and social context. He has been engaged in public commissions in Auckland, New Plymouth, and Denver and co-founded West gallery at The University of Auckland in 2012.

His work has been shown internationally in venues such as the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Ningbo Museum of Art, and Georgia Museum of Art. He recently completed a residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in 2016.

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